Rasheed Butt, a world renowned calligrapher, started Calligraphy in 1961. He says about himself, “I am fascinated by the timeless and captivating message of the Holly Qur’an and Sunnah, It gives me much pride to know that my hand is an instrument in creating delightful expression of this Divine message. I feel honoured that the Almighty has bestowed upon me this opportunity to spread this Divine message to audiences worldwide. My work in Islamic Calligraphy is my fate and destiny to which I have dedicated my life.” He has exhibited his work all over the globe and many of his Calligraphy masterpieces feature in museums, private collections and many monuments including the Pakistani Senate, Al-Furqan Foundation (UK), Agha Khan medical college and hospital and Mecca Gate, Saudi Arabia. Butt has been commissioned by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to create inimitable works of Islamic Calligraphy which have been presented to more than twenty heads of state in an official capacity.

Butt’s achievements were recognised by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah who presented him lifetime achievement award in 2014 and by the President of Pakistan who presented him with the “Pride of Performance” award in 1989 which is considered the highest civil award in Pakistan. He was chosen as an International jury member for the International Calligraphy Competition organised by the IRCICA (Turkey) and also as a jury member for the International Calligraphy competition organised by the Algerian Government in 2009.

Another significant characteristic of Rasheed Butt’s works is the serenading illumination. He is the first person in Pakistan who used illuminations in his work. Illumination, again an art sadly lost in the sands of time, at the hands of chilling complacence and continuing disinterestedness gradually slipping into oblivion is redeemed by Butt’s own daughter Saira Butt.

Butt has worked to promote the art of Islamic Calligraphy and has many students from around the world. He first taught calligraphy on national television in 1991-1994 when he hosted his own weekly programme. He also has been the curator of national and international Calligraphy exhibitions. Butt continues to teach Islamic Calligraphy as a lecturer at the National College of Art, Fatima Jinnah Women’s University and International Islamic University, Islamabad.



Lifetime achievement award presented by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah, 2014, UAE

Pride of Performance Award from President of Pakistan, 1989, Islamabad, Pakistan

Notable Collections


  1. His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia
  2. His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait.
  3. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates.
  4. R.H. Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
  5. E. Sh. Ahmad Zaki Yamani
  6. E. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (Secretary General O.I.C).
  7. E. Dr. Parviz Davoudi, First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  8. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia.
  9. Prince Muhammad Bin Issa Al Khalifa, Commander National Guards, Bahrain.
  10. E. Mahathir Mohammed, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  11. E. Dr. Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  12. R.H. Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei.
  13. Mr Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
  14. Mr Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  15. Mr Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan.
  16. Bait-ul-Quran, Bahrain
  17. Ackland Museum, North Carolina,USA

Notable Exhibitions



2018 Exhibition in Kazan Kremlin Museum-Reserve, Tataristan, Russia
2017 Travelling exhibition, “From Pakistan to China, ‘From a Scroll to the Book’, Shanghai University – Shanghai, Peace Museum – Beijing, China.
2014 International Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition, Sharjah
2010 International Calligraphy Exhibition organized by ECO, Baku, Tajikistan
2010 International Exhibition of Calligraphy, Tehran and Mashhad, Iran
2010 International Exhibition of Calligraphy, Abu Dhabi
2010 International Exhibition of Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah
2010 International Exhibition o f Calligraphy, Algeria
2010 Jury Member. Kuwait National Competition of Calligraphy, Kuwait
2010 Exhibition in Shakespeare Museum, England
2009 International Exhibition of Calligraphy, Algiers, Algeria
2009 Jury member for the International Calligraphy Competition, Algiers, Algeria
2008 IslamExpo, Great Olympia Hall, London
2008 National Library, Tunis Tunisia
2007 Curator of National Calligraphy Exhibition at National Art Gallery Inaugurated by President of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan
2006 International Exhibition by Five leading Calligraphers of the World, Masjid
2006 al Kabeer, Kuwait
2005 IslamExpo, Alexandra Palace, London, UK
2005 Convention Centre, Kualampur, Malaysia
2005 Hilton Hotel, Houston, USA
2004 Pakistan Embassy, Washington D.C., USA
2003 Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
2002 Kufa Gallery, London, UK
2002 October Gallery, London, UK
2002 Errum Art Gallery, London, UK
2002 Ackland Museum, North Carolina, USA
2001 Sharjah Museum (International Exhibition), Sharjah, UAE
1997 1st International Calligraphy Festival, Tehran, Iran
1997 Art Connoisseur, London, UK
1996 Jamia, Singapore
1995 Waltham Forest College, London, UK
1995 Al Furqan Foundation, Wimbledon, , London, UK
1994 Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK
1994 Marriott Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan
1990 Birmingham Central Cathedral, Birmingham, UK*
1988 National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1988 1st Intl. Calligraphy Festival, Saddam Art Centre, Baghdad, Iraq
1987 Oriental Museum, Durham, UK
1986 Urdu Markaz, London (UK)
1984 National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
1983 Liaqat Memorial Hall, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1978 Punjab Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan
1977 Punjab Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan